The Quick 30/30 Job Solution

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Bestselling author Neil McNulty shows three jobless people from the Triad how they can get a decent job within 30 miles of home within 30 days.

McNulty, who wrote "The Quick 30/30 Job Solution," said job listings like Monster.com and CareerBuilder cannot be trusted on because four out of every five jobs are not listed.

McNulty said that is partially connected to the fact that 95 percent of all businesses have fewer than 100 employees, and it's these companies that are most likely to hire you.

To find these companies, McNulty recommends spending a full work week at your computer--eight hours a day for five days--to find at least 75 small, privately-owned companies within a 30-mile radius of where you live. These companies should also fit what you want to do.

Finding contact information for these companies sometimes can be surprisingly easy, McNulty said.

One of the biggest problems McNulty sees is attaching a resume to a first communication with a potential employer. That's because all the first communication should be about, McNulty said, is to get them to meet with you.

McNulty instead recommends calling them or sending them an email that says no more than who you are, why you are interested in their company, what you think you might be able to do for them, and when you can get together to talk about the job.

The personal connection you make with the interviewer will get you the offer, while the resume does little more than can keep you in the hunt for a job, McNulty said.